• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker, sporadic issues...

    • Written by from BOSTON

    Major issues...

    First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too much power! I did manage to make it work by plugging it into my monitor's USB hub, but wow...

    Secondly, there is a slight flicker. You can see it clearly with certain kinds of backgrounds and fill patterns. It almost looks like the kind of noise you get with analog, except it's DVI. It's not a severe problem, but *any* flicker with DVI is ridiculous.

    Finally, sometimes it just fails. The screen will go all weird, and you have to reset it. Again, it looks like an analog failure mode except it's not...

    I'm going to wait a bit and then trying exchanging my adaptor at the Apple store. Maybe there are issues with the first-run units.

    Apple really botched this one. Dongles are bad enough, but overpriced broken ones... come on guys...

    1019 of 1193 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flaky performance

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes when it does come up it flickers and has jaggies. I have to unplug the DVI and plug it back in to get it to stop. I never had any issues at all with this monitor on my old MBP. The size of this thing it HUGE, I can't believe they couldn't make it smaller. Literally about 3x4 inches! Feels like they released a poor product AND they did it LATE!

    917 of 1080 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Work with Gateway 30" Extreme Monitor

    • Written by from Saint Charles

    Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Waste of money.

    779 of 989 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Engineering Staff Shouid be Publicaly FLOGGED!!

    • Written by from San Diego

    Please forgive my possibly ignorant rant knowing I am open to any schooling from an informed source, unless otherwise corrected I believe the Design Engineering Staff at Apple should be publicly Flogged or at the very least be made to give up a portion of their paychecks to accommodate the prolific permutations of video connectors Apple has SPAWNED! Really now, Intel / PC based computers, that offer equivalent graphic performance have managed to utilize the same 15 Pin cable for 20 years!!! Could someone please tell me WHY APPLES FEELS IT IS COMPULSORY EVERY TIME A MODEL OR MID MODEL CHANGE HAPPENS THEY MUST INVENT ANOTHER *&!@#!# VIDEO CONNECTOR?!!!! One must carry a printed product compatibility map the size of a bed sheet to PURCHASE the correct $30 to $125 adapter so that one can connect AN APPLE MONITOR TO AN APPLE COMPUTER!!! Shame on Apple once again for showing absolutely NO ALLEGIANCE to Long Standing Consumers! I had hoped Intel would have put a stop to the 8Pin, D-Sub, BNC, 15 Pin, Powerbook 100 Series adapter, Powerbook Duo Adapter, DVI, VGA, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Mini DVI to VGA, Mini DisplayPort to DVI, Mini DVI to DVI, Mini DVI to Video, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Micro DVi to Video, MADNESS!!! Just to name a few.....

    168 of 204 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Buy until...

    • Written by from San Diego

    Nothing but problems with images, the picture quility is horrible, I do not recommend this adapter to anyone hope that apple can fix this problem or come out with a new approve adapter like DVI-D to mini display port adapter

    132 of 143 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work Connecting Apple 30" Cinema HD Display to MBP-Retina

    • Written by from Cooperstown

    Before I bought my new MBP-Retina I was assured by both Apple Tech Support and the retailer that I could connect my cherished 30" Apple Cinema Display via the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter. Not so. Unable to detect the display through system preferences. It just doesn't work.

    107 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DON'T BUY -- SERIOUSLY DEFECTIVE

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    Flickers, jumps and other irritating analog type defects. This is $99 that also can't keep the monitor from randomly shutting off. This should be recalled.

    101 of 112 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointing

    • Written by from Phoenix

    These finally started arriving--over two months since their introduction.

    After waiting this long, however, they cause the mouse cursor to jump while tracking. This has been confirmed with wired and wireless mice, and with two different adapters.

    Not only did Apple charge us $100 to use our Cinema Displays and make us wait over two months, but they don't even work. Ridiculous.

    81 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely disappointed with Apple

    • Written by from Urbandale

    I bought a new 15" MBP about 3 weeks ago as a replacement for my aging MS box. I'm a software developer by trade so a majority of my work is done at a desk using a Samsung 305T 30" monitor (2560x1600).

    Unfortunately, I didn't do quite enough research on the new MBP models - I figured that it would support dual-link DVI out of the box.

    I was surprised and shocked to learn I had to spend another $99 to plug in my existing monitor. After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to even bother (I think this is currently at 2/5 stars on the Apple store). I went ahead and purchased it out of sheer necessity, hoping I'd have better "luck" than other reviewers. I have NOT.

    I experience at least 3-4 instances each day where the monitor will suddenly go out of sync. Its a simple matter of unplugging and plugging the mini-dvi adapter back in, but it is very annoying.

    Additionally, there's a noticeable flicker - especially areas that have gradient color fills.

    I'm absolutely disgusted with this product given the price. It were $20, I'd have more understanding. But $100? C'mon, Apple. Fix this. And offer us free replacements ASAP.

    80 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker Issues on Black/Dark Backgrounds

    • Written by from Clifton Hill

    Like a lot of people, I too am experiencing green & blue flickers on black/dark parts of the screen when connecting my brand new 15" MBP to an Apple 30" Display. I had hoped this wouldn't happen to me with brand new equipment but there you are...

    67 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Monitor flickers every 20-40 minutes.

    • Written by from Richboro

    Our office has 9 of the new MBP laptops that require these adapters to drive our 30" monitors. I personally have a 30" apple display, all others are 30" Samsungs. Every monitor regardless of brand or age flickers (blanks out and then comes back on) every 20-40 minutes. None of the monitors exhibit this behavior when using a direct DVI connection to an older MBP. Problem is either this adapter or the graphics chips in the new MBP's.

    68 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very dissapointed!!!! :(

    • Written by from Cherry Hill

    Just hooked it up to a Dell 3007WFP display. It flickers often and then the monitor also goes all blurry and you have to unplug the adapter and plug it back in to get it to work again. This occurs every few minutes. I am using the Belkin high bandwith DVI cable which was also $100.00. I hope this was just a bad batch!!

    75 of 84 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst Apple product ever

    • Written by from Dublin

    I've been happily using my 30" Dell monitor with previous MacBook Pro (which had dual-link dvi output), when I upgraded my notebook I purchased this adapter, hoping that it will work fine too. Unfortunately, it didn't! Simply put, this adapter is very unstable. I'm always using with power adaptor is connected, with "High Performance" graphics mode. Couple days it worked fine for couple hours, but usually it goes crazy after 10-15 minutes usage; seems like having a refresh/synch problem. Some times unplugging and plugging it back solves the problem for another 10-15 minutes... This is really frustrating....

    70 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Causes pixel snow with new Unibody MBPro and 30" Apple Cinema Display

    • Written by from New York

    I just bought a new 2.66Ghz 17" Unibody MBPro 2 days ago and hooked it up to my 30" Apple Cinema Display with the Dual-Link DVI adapter. At first, it worked fine and I thought I got lucky, but after the first waking from sleep, I started getting the flickering pixel snow in the background. Now, after 2 days, it's gotten worse--and it's really distracting while I work.

    I've tried unplugging/replugging the adapter, tried both graphics cards settings, detached all USB peripherals from the 30", but it doesn't solve the problem. I don't know if it's even worth exchanging the adapter or MBPro given how persistent these problems seem to be based on what I've read here and in various forums. I'm hoping there's a software fix in the works and it's not a hardware issue. I love Apple products and have been a customer for 15 years, but this is extremely frustrating.

    67 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    confirming flicker problem

    • Written by from Nicholls

    Most people who buy this overpriced thing complain of similar problems - it flickers every now and again (completely randomly) for half a second to a second. I contacted mac support and they got me to delete two specific files (forget what they were now) but that did nothing anyway. I want to exchange it but from what I've read over the net I'm almost certain the replacement unit will ave the exact same problem! its completely ridiculous that this malfunctioning product is the only way to attach a high-res screen to the macs.

    65 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dismal - Was hoping the reviews were wrong but they're not...

    • Written by from Santa Clara

    I have the unibody 15" and the Dell 30" LCD display, had to wait 3 months to get the adaptor to make them work, and now I got it I am having the same nightmares as everyone with the flickering, screen blur, and the worst, complete static on-screen. DO NOT BUY if any of that is a concern. I say the product works as advertised 20% of the time.

    67 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    broken 125 dollar cable...

    • Written by from PARIS

    I bought mine at the Tokyo Apple store (Ginza) on the 11th of january 09, betting a first faulty batch would have been swiftly corrected.

    Wong. Not only does it cost 125 USD (my god, have they lost touch with reality?) (and why is it so huge ?) but it also flat out does not work. Every hour or so, I have to unplug the USB cable, and replug it, after the screen gets it all wrong.

    I can't be mad at Apple, as the Macbook Pro I bought it for is an incredible piece of hardware, a pure jewel, but this cable thing is just plain ridiculous.

    I really hope Apple comes up with a satisfactory solution, and one that does not cost a dime.

    60 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    APPLE please fix this defective product- it's an embarrassment to Apple!

    • Written by from Lexington

    I bought two of these (one for home and one for the office). The office unit drives a Apple 30" cinema display. The home unit drive a 30" Dell monitor. The computer in both cases is a new, current-generation (as of May 2009) 17" MacBook Pro.

    Like everyone in the world, I have experienced the same unacceptable problems. On the Apple: all black or dark-colored areas of the screen have rapidly changing horizontal lines of noise. Changing graphics preferences from normal to high performance does not fix the problem. Sleeping and waking the computer does not fix the problem. Changing or replugging the mini DVI or its USB cable does not fix the problem. Giving up on Apple and getting a PC would probably fix the problem.

    On the Dell, the same problems exist plus the interlace problem in which every other line is shifted, making it impossible to even read text.

    I even swapped the home and office units and I get the same results as detailed above. Apple-- it's an embarrassment to the company that you continue to sell this product (and at $100 a pop!) and have not acknowledged the problem officially. Please issue a fix or replacement program-- your loyal customers deserve better.

    59 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    At least it doesn't catch fire

    • Written by from Powell

    Unfortunately I ignored all the reviews and gave apple the benefit of the doubt. I get the distorted unreadable picture about 20-25 times a day and have to press option > command > eject to put the display to sleep. When I wake it up, it is fine again.

    I will probably retire my new macbook and fire up the old and rusty but trusty HP desktop. It's faster anyway.

    Do buy this product until Apple can recognize (let alone fix) the issue.

    58 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Incompatibility Issues

    • Written by from Leonardtown

    I think the theory of this product is sound and I really hope Apple releases either some support documentation or graphics driver updates to help it perform better. My experience is that when connected to a 30" HP LP3065 2560x1600 monitor I can only get the macbook to put anything on the monitor when it is "mirrored" off the laptop screen and even then only at 1280x800. With my other Panasonic Pro TH-50PFD9UK 1920x1080p compatible plasma display I was able to get it to output video in what appeared to be 1920x1080, but again I believe this was only in "mirrored" mode. Personally, I think it is some sort of obnoxious joke that Apple shipped this product with no documentation and no tech support website.... sure, the Apple user experience is just so magically awesome that it will just telepathically "know" what I want it to do when I plug it in... either that or I am supposed to be magically aware of all of the configurations and software settings it needs as soon as the breathe the air from the open box. Just ridiculous! But I have high hopes.. so please get us a software driver update that robustly supports this product, it has huge potential!

    52 of 54 people found this useful